Yemen: Military Intervention

Department for International Development written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of Saudi-led Coalition military operations in Saada in August 2018 on civilian life.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK government has expressed serious concern at the tragic loss of life in Yemen over August, including the tragic incidents of 2 August, 9 August, and 23 August in which so many Yemenis were killed. In the first two weeks of August alone, over 400 Yemenis lost their lives, including young children, and many more continue to face egregious violations of their basic human rights.

We have welcomed the speed of the investigation into the Sa’ada incident of 9 August, and the Coalition’s announcement of regret and action to address the recommendations of that investigation, and are continuing to review the investigation’s conclusions.

We continue to urge all sides of the conflict to do everything possible to protect innocent civilian life and to demonstrate their commitment to International Humanitarian law.

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